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Three businesses were honored with People’s Choice Awards July 19 at the sixth annual Taste of Umpqua, a showcase of area wines, brews and entrees. Nearly 30 food and beverage vendors signed up to take part in the celebration, which took place at Seven Feathers Casino Resort. The following won People’s Choice Awards in their respective categories: • Best Food
Published: July 22, 2014
Downtown Myrtle Creek was certainly a fine place to have been July 10, and even though the temperature was a bit on the high side, hundreds of people came out to enjoy both the Summer Wine Walk and the season opener of Myrtle Creek’s 28th consecutive year of Music in the Park. From 4 to 7 p.m., visitors enjoyed wine
Published: July 20, 2014
Be Buoyant — The annual Pepsi Float is this weekend. The float of the North Umpqua River begins at 9 this morning at Amacher Park, 5750 N.E. Stephens St., Winchester, and ends at River Forks Park with an afternoon of free hot dogs and prizes. 541-672-6641. Rock and Roll Landscape — The North Umpqua Music Fest continues this weekend on
Published: July 19, 2014
Members Only — The Umpqua Valley Arts Center hosts an exhibit-opening reception from 5 to 7 tonight at 1624 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg. Hanging until Sept. 5 will be work from members of the Umpqua Valley Arts Association. Free. 541-672-2532. Rock and Roll Landscape — The North Umpqua Music Fest is this weekend on private property outside Glide, 15888 North
Published: July 18, 2014
It’s July. It’s hot and a little muggy inland, with fog and wind at the coast. The kids are bored with no school. It’s two months’ wait for reservations in the mountains, and you have too few vacation days to spend them all driving. What to do? How about camping 45 minutes from Roseburg at Elkton RV Park? Owners John
Published: July 13, 2014
Fun-Raiser — Roseburg Downtown Fun Day goes until 3 this afternoon. Information about Graffiti Weekend will be available, sidewalk vendors will sell their wares and stores will offer discounts. 541-673-3352. Race of Time — The speedway of the Douglas County Fairgrounds hosts the Show-N-Shine at the Races at 4 this afternoon at 2110 S.W. Frear St., Roseburg. Presented by Pacific
Published: July 11, 2014
You may hear winemakers describe their vineyard as being “in balance.” What does this mean? Does it mean that there are equal amounts of white and black grapes in the field? Does it mean that the plants are growing upright and not falling over? Is the grower talking about evenly supporting the weight of the plants with wires and stakes?
Published: July 8, 2014
Picnic with the candidates The Umpqua Valley Republican Women will have its annual Picnic and Dessert Auction Thursday at Henry Estate Winery, 687 Hubbard Creek Road, Umpqua. There will be a social gathering at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. All the Republican candidates and office holders have been invited to attend, so this is an opportunity to
Published: July 7, 2014
Reggie Tonry’s is an interesting opera story. The son of the house manager of the Metropolitan Opera House (“I literally grew up in the theater”), he first appeared onstage at age 10 at the Met, in Giacomo Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi.” At the Met. Though a trained vocalist, he went in another direction professionally, becoming a locomotive conductor. But he never
Published: July 3, 2014
Abacela Winery hosts an evening of music and wine with a back patio performance by Beth Wood at 6 p.m. July 5 at 12500 Lookingglass Road, Roseburg. The Eugene singer-songwriter grew up in Lubbock, Texas. She has recorded eight albums and has a background in classical music. Wood’s acoustic music has been described as soulful, organic, intelligent and “barefoot.” Information:
Published: July 2, 2014
Council takes a stand The burned-out remains of the Chrome Nightclub stood too long. The charred wreckage of Kuebler’s Furniture has been up for more three months. The Roseburg City Council this week wisely took action to prod property owners to clean up their fire-destroyed buildings. The council should consider doing more. Besides being eyesores, scorched buildings are dangerous. According
Published: June 27, 2014
Neil Johnson has played guitar for half his life. That’s 13 years of experience. Not bad. But the other three members of The Neil Johnson Band have a combined 120 years experience between them. “Each one of them have been playing for more than 40 years,” he said, laughing. “At first, it was (intimidating), but now it’s cool because we
Published: June 26, 2014
Rotarians ceremonially broke ground Wednesday afternoon at River Forks Park for a playground designed for people with disabilities to play side by side with others. The playground on the east side of the park will include modified swings, a zipline and a tire swing-like structure. The idea for an inclusive playground originated in 2011, when past North Roseburg Rotary President
Published: June 19, 2014
SUTHERLIN — Corks will pop for a fourth year as the Wine and Chocolate Gala takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. June 21 at the Calapooia Reflections Museum, 113 W. Central Ave. Featured wines are from Henry Estate Winery, Sienna Ridge Estate, MarshAnne Landing and Freed Winery. Guests can nibble on barbecued meatballs, cheese and crackers, fruit and, naturally,
Published: June 17, 2014
A Rich Brocade — Listen to the Hawaiian folk and light rock of Richie G and Ma Beat from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at My Coffee, 1700 Garden Valley Blvd., Roseburg. $4. 541-229-1230. Beyond My Kenny — Kenny Holmes and the Blues Daddys play tonight at Little Brothers Pub, 428 S.E. Main St., Roseburg. It’s the band’s last show
Published: June 13, 2014
Now is the time of year when winemakers often place orders for the new barrels they will use to age wines from the upcoming harvest. Ordering barrels now is beneficial because early orders usually receive a slight discount. One of my barrel brokers mentioned to me that ordering early was particularly important this year, as a dock worker slowdown and
Published: June 10, 2014
Familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt, but it can lead to something close to indifference. Or at least a danger of being taken for granted. Here in Douglas County, some of us share the habits of those residents of Anaheim, California, who never venture into Disneyland. It takes a nudge now and then to propel us into places others admire from
Published: June 3, 2014
The Freed Estate Winery in Winston is exhibiting the work of local artists from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 430 Hooten Road. Currently on display are water color and oil paintings by Vinita Pappas, wood sculptures by Dennis Ruley, ceramics by Suzi Helmuth, glass jewelry and sculptures by Millie Wilson, wire sculpture by David Sandberg, fabric
Published: May 28, 2014
Nearly 135 years ago, German immigrants introduced vineyards, a winery and distillery to the Umpqua Valley, and produced about 20,000 gallons of wine. The wine industry in Douglas County was slow to grow in the decades that followed, particularly during Oregon’s 19 years of prohibition before the Legislature legalized privately owned grape growing and production of light wine in 1933.
Published: May 18, 2014
Western Spaghetti — The Riddle First Baptist Church hosts a spaghetti feed fundraiser for the South Douglas Food Bank from 5 to 7 tonight at 351 N. Second St., Riddle. Meat-free sauce will be available. $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children aged five to 12 and free for children younger than 5. 541-863-4362. Asian Occasion — The
Published: May 16, 2014
WINCHESTER — The Southern Oregon Wine Institute has received a $180,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to do its part in growing the Umpqua Valley wine industry: cultivate a larger trained workforce. The grant, awarded by Walmart to programs that promise to get students ready to start a career, will help the institute reach out to more potential students and
Published: May 15, 2014
MarshAnne Landing Winery hosts an evening of classical music at 7 p.m. May 20 at 175 Hogan Road. Seven musicians will perform in small ensembles. Songs include Dvorak, Baldassare, Pesichetti and St. Sean. Musicians include Pilar Bradshaw and Sharon Schuman on violin and Holland Phillips on viola, with guests Canadian trumpeter Guy Few, Julia Brown on harpsichord and harmonium and
Published: May 14, 2014
A popular upscale restaurant will close this month after operating three years in downtown Roseburg, and its place will be taken by a longtime eatery that has bounced from pillar to post in and around the city. There’s no simple, all-encompassing explanation as to why the Blackbird Bar and Grill will be leaving 647 S.E. Jackson St. on May 20,
Published: May 13, 2014
There is a joke in the wine industry that goes like this: How do you make a small fortune in the wine industry? You start with a big one. It may take a while for audiences to get the joke, but once they do, you get a laugh. The implication is that the wine industry is a hobby for the
Published: May 13, 2014
YONCALLA — Winemakers often talk about “terroir,” how physical characteristics affect wine. Geography, soil, climate, local traditions, the grape itself — all are said to play a part. High-tech tools help growers pair a grape with its optimal growing location. But these days, to sell wine, you also need a story. Jessica Applegate has a story. In April, the great-great-great
Published: May 11, 2014
The Downtown Roseburg Association hosts a Taste of Downtown from 5 to 8 p.m. May 8 at downtown Roseburg businesses. The theme is 1850s plein air art. Artists will set up easels outside and paint what they see. More than a dozen breweries and wineries will pour. Tickets are $10 or $5 in advance. Information: 541-673-3352 or 541-643-5219.
Published: May 7, 2014
Michael and Pamela Freed’s wine project has been about 20 years in the making and now the couple is about to celebrate its completion. Their business, Freed Estate Winery, has scheduled a grand opening for its new tasting and retail sales room for 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The winery is at 430 Hooten Road, Winston. “We’re really excited about
Published: May 5, 2014
When Dom and I moved down to Roseburg, we were not sorry to be saying goodbye to Portland and Salem. We both commuted 45 minutes or more to work each day and neither of us really embraced the whole “Keep Oregon Weird” mentality that seems to permeate those cities. No offense to you Willamette Valley folks, but living up there
Published: April 23, 2014
The Downtown Roseburg Association hosts another “Taste of Downtown” from 5 to 8 p.m. May 8 at downtown Roseburg businesses. This time the theme is 1850s plein air art. Artists will set up easels outside and paint what they see. More than a dozen breweries and wineries will pour. DRA hosts three “Tastes” per year. Tickets are $10 or $5
Published: April 30, 2014
Diversify our local economy According to the most recent forecasts by the state of Oregon’s office of economic analysis, Oregon will show a 3 percent growth in 2014. This means new jobs, new money, and a continued growth spurt. The state of Oregon is doing well. Things are looking rosy again. But what about Douglas County? Nope, not rosy here.
Published: April 29, 2014
Police canine Iago raced across Legion Field and jumped through the window of a van to catch a pretend suspect dressed in protective clothing to the delight of over 150 audience members as part of a demonstration Saturday afternoon. Iago tussled on the ground with the pretend suspect before being pulled off by his handler. The German shepherd joined two
Published: April 27, 2014
People in quiet neighborhoods naturally like to keep it that way. Enjoying rural life is one reason we all don’t live in New York, Los Angeles or Chicago. So it’s understandable when residents get tetchy about zoning changes to permit festivals in meadows and installing wind machines to go off at 6 a.m. in orchards. On June 19, the Douglas
Published: April 24, 2014
Fifteen Melrose residents told the Douglas County Planning Commission Thursday that they fear a golf course and RV park would bring too much traffic to their quiet neighborhood. The planning commissioners delayed a decision until June on whether to allow the development off Shady Drive. Umpqua Sand and Gravel owner Kelly Guido seeks permission to build the golf course and
Published: April 18, 2014
Feldkamp earns Eagle Scout award Nicholas J. Feldkamp, son of Doug and Mechelle Feldkamp of Roseburg, has achieved the rank of Eagle, the highest award in Boy Scouts. Eagle Scouts must earn at least 21 merit badges and Nic has 24. His Eagle Scout Court of Honor was March 8 at the Riversdale Grange and the award was presented by
Published: April 14, 2014
Hard-boiled searchers hope it won’t be overly easy to find easter eggs stashed away for hunts next weekend. There will be many egg hunts in Douglas County, including the following: Friday, April 18 Callahan Village Easter Egg Hunt — 6 p.m., 1801 Garden Valley Blvd., Roseburg. Four age groups for children 12 and younger. Get a pet picture with the
Published: April 12, 2014
A group raising money for a campground at Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park has almost reached its goal of $65,000, virtually ensuring Douglas County won’t log in the park to finance the camp. The Friends of Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park announced today it received a $10,000 grant from the Whipple Foundation Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. The group’s treasurer, Midge
Published: April 11, 2014
Part of our mission at the Southern Oregon Wine Institute is to provide wine industry outreach. This May we will be presenting a technical symposium on the topic of wine yeast, so I thought it might be interesting to discuss this magnificent organism. Yeasts are unicellular microscopic organisms, and the yeast species domesticated by humans are important because they metabolize
Published: April 8, 2014
Scottish Industry — The Douglas County Scottish Society will host a corned beef and cabbage dinner at 5:30 tonight at Rebekah Lodge, 715 Cass Ave., Roseburg. The event will be a celebration of Celtic tradition complete with a green cheesecake dessert. Historian Charles Lamb will discuss St. Patrick’s Day. Dinner is $5. 541-673-1744. it’s already APRIL — Canadian old-time fiddler
Published: March 21, 2014
Late in 2012, “Marimba” Mike Smith embarked on a mission. He would be the first person to record Christmas classic “The Nutcracker Suite” on solo marimba. The large, keyed wooden percussion instrument was a natural fit to tell the story of the wooden toy soldier. “There’s just something about the way it sounds,” he said of the result. Smith is
Published: March 20, 2014
September 29, 1942 - March 13, 2014 She was born in Salt Lake City, UT, to Don and Betty Fexer. Toni grew up in the San Fernando Valley and was a true Valley Girl before Valley Girls were invented. She attended Van Nuys High School and Valley College. Although she had several jobs throughout her life, her proudest accomplishment was
Published: March 18, 2014
Floats, firetrucks, horses and a grand marshal in front in a classic car. The Downtown Roseburg Association is finalizing plans for Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will be a first for the city and, according to organizers, the state. Association Executive Director Roxana Grant said she hopes it will become Roseburg’s second recurring parade, after the Veterans Day Parade.
Published: March 13, 2014
FRIDAY SOWI WINE TASTING — Noon to 6 p.m., Lang Event Center, Umpqua Community College, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Winchester. Sample wines are produced by students in UCC’s viticulture and enology programs. There is a $5 fee to sample up to five wines. The tasting fee will be waived with any bottle purchase; bottles range in price from $11 to
Published: March 4, 2014
Winners of the Greatest of the Grape celebration that took place Saturday at Seven Feathers Casino Resort will be announced in the March 11 edition of Umpqua Food and Harvest. The annual food and wine pairing this year featured the products of 28 Southern Oregon wineries matched with dishes from 14 restaurants and caterers. The results of the evenings competitions,
Published: March 4, 2014
After the adventure of living in Flagstaff, Ariz., for a couple years and starting a naturopathic medicine clinic there, Drs. Carrie Norris and Ryan Sweeney were ready to return to Oregon. In early January, the two naturopathic physicians opened a new clinic, Two Rivers Integrative Medicine, in Roseburg at 1243 S.E. Douglas Ave. Sweeney explained that integrative medicine involves conventional
Published: March 3, 2014
Beyond Bed and Bath — This weekend is the three-day Douglas County Home and Garden Show. Doors will be open at the Douglas County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4 per person with $1 off with a canned food donation. 541-673-3711. A
Published: February 28, 2014
The Umpqua Valley’s annual food and wine pairing event, Greatest of the Grape, takes place March 1, at Seven Feathers Casino Resort, 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, Canyonville. The gathering features the products of 28 Southern Oregon wineries matched with dishes from 14 restaurants and caterers. The wine and food showcase starts at 7 p.m. Live music will be performed by
Published: February 27, 2014
Cities and towns often put a lot of thought and energy into the image its residents want to project. In Douglas County, there are a dozen incorporated communities. None wants to be considered interchangeable with others. Winston has put out banners to identify with its main tourist attraction, Wildlife Safari. Reedsport touts its connection to the coast. Canyonville is known
Published: February 25, 2014
IDLEYLD PARK — Back in the early days of the Guest Chef & Winemaker Dinner Series, Patricia Lee did the wooing. “I’d be cold calling and almost pleading with chefs to come,” recalled Lee, who co-owns Steamboat Inn with Jim and Sharon Van Loan. It’s different now. “Now I have chefs calling Steamboat, because they’ve heard about it and they
Published: February 25, 2014
CANYONVILLE — When spring rolls around, Bruce and Joanne Gordon feel renewed. The couple are energized by their own plantings as vegetables, herbs and flowers at their home greenhouses sprout from the soil and seek the warmth of the sun. Those plants are then transported to their business, Commonwealth Garden & Gift Shoppe in Canyonville, where they are shared with
Published: February 17, 2014
TENMILE — A winemaker who landed his sputtering airplane on Interstate 5 in July credits the experience for inspiring his latest creation. Second-generation winemaker Marc Girardet of Girardet Vineyards said Monday that Touchdown Red pays tribute to a miraculous landing. “After sitting around shell shocked for a day, I thought, ‘Let’s approach this from a fun and frivolous angle,’” he
Published: February 11, 2014
Now that winter is winding down and spring is on our doorstep, you may have noticed more ATVs in our local vineyards. Pruning crews are out removing last year’s growth and getting the vines in shape for another fruitful growing season. In the cellar, winemakers are patiently attending to young red wines and putting the final touches on white wines
Published: February 11, 2014
WINSTON — A Winston man was in Douglas County Jail this morning following his arrest on suspicion of murdering a man found dead of a gunshot wound early Saturday morning. Robert Williams, 30, of Winston, was shot and killed around 2:45 a.m. in a trailer in the 30 block of North Main Street, Winston police said. Police arrested Donald Dwight
Published: February 10, 2014
WINSTON — A man was shot and killed Saturday in a trailer in the 30 block of North Main Street, Winston police said. Police identified the victim as Robert Williams, 30, of Winston. An emergency dispatcher received a 911 call at about 2:45 a.m. reporting that a man had been shot. Officers arrived and found an unresponsive man with a
Published: February 8, 2014

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